Leadership and Staff

Advisory Council

Nicholas Platt

Ambassador Nicholas Platt serves as the chairman of USCET's Advisory Council.

Martin dePorres Cargas

Martin dePorres "Marty" Cargas is a Senior Advisor at McLarty Associates, an international strategic and government relations advisory firm.

Marlene Johnson

Marlene Johnson served as the executive director and chief executive officer of NAFSA.

Robert A. Kapp

Robert Kapp serves as the president of Robert A. Kapp & Associates.

David Michael Lampton

David Michael Lampton is George and Sadie Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Henry Levine

Henry Levine is a highly regarded US expert on China with more than 25 years of experience as an officer in the State Department's Foreign Service.

James McGregor

James McGregor is the CEO of James McGregor Inc., a China-focused advisory firm based in Beijing.

Peter McPherson

Peter McPherson is president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

Torkel Patterson

Torkel Patterson is on the board of directors at the Central Japan Railway Company, The Northeast Maglev, and the Olmsted Foundation. 

Thomas Pickering

Since December 2006, Ambassador Tom Pickering has been vice chairman of Hills & Company.

Chang An Tien

Dr. Chang’an Tien is a senior consultant and executive vice president of B-M China, and has more than thirty years of government relations and public affairs experience throughout China.

Ko-Yung Tung

Ko-Yung Tung practices law in New York City where he is senior counselor at Morrison & Foerster LLP, a firm focused on international law and cross-border transactions.

Susan Weld

Susan Weld is an adjunct professor of law and the executive director of the Law Asia Leadership program at Georgetown University.

Kurt Campbell

Kurt M. Campbell is chairman and CEO of The Asia Group, LLC, a strategic advisory and investment group specializing in the dynamic and fast growing Asia Pacific region.


Julia Chang Bloch

Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch is the first Asian American to hold such rank in U.S. history.

Ye Sheng

Ye Sheng is the Chief Operating Officer of US-China Education Trust.

David Yao

David Yao is USCET’s administrator in charge of staff matters as well as general operations.

Zhiyi Chen

Zhiyi Chen is the Communication & Administration Assistant at the US-China Education Trust.

James Gannon supports current programs and new initiatives as a research associate at the US-China Education Trust.

James Gannon

James Gannon supports current programs and new initiatives as a research assistant at the US-China Education Trust.

Advisors Emeriti

Doug Bereuter

Doug Bereuter became president of The Asia Foundation on September 1, 2004, immediately upon his resignation from U.S. Congress after 26 years of service.

Kathryn Mohrman

Kathryn Mohrman is the director of the Institute of University Design and Professor at the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University.